Press Release: CTG Launches European GDPR Stress Test in Belgium
Experts evaluate whether companies are truly prepared for data breaches and data requests
IT service provider CTG has developed a GDPR stress test in Belgium. The new service ensures that GDPR does not become a dead letter for companies in Europe. Using real-life simulations, privacy experts test whether companies can truly manage a data breach or data request, from A to Z, according to the procedures and deadlines prescribed by law.
Consider a receptionist who forgets to send a request for data deletion or an employee who accidentally clicks on a phishing email, leaving sensitive data on the street. Eighty-five percent of GDPR violations happen without malicious intent and by companies’ own employees. However, they seriously erode the trust that partners and customers have in a company.
Stéphanie Van den Eynde, GDPR expert at CTG, explained, "Companies do not lose sleep just from the fines imposed by data protection authorities, but also from the damage to their reputation caused by not following GDPR procedures. If your company cannot demonstrate today that you have everything under control when it comes to privacy-sensitive data, you have a big problem. As Viviane Reding, advocate of privacy in the European Parliament says, ‘The most expensive thing in the world is trust.’”
Evaluation of GDPR Procedures
With this new service, CTG subjects the GDPR procedures of companies in Belgium to a stress test. CTG experts simulate a data breach or requests from individuals to access or change personal data, for example.
Based on these real-life scenarios, it quickly becomes clear how well the people responsible for GDPR within the company can translate the procedures from paper to daily practice within the legally prescribed deadlines. All of this is done in a secure, confidential environment so that companies can test every possible incident in advance and improve procedures where necessary.
"In reality, procedures seldom, or never, run by the book. Companies are unexpectedly visited by the data protection authority or suddenly have to be able to prove that they have correctly deleted the personal data of individual x, y or z,” Van den Eynde continued. “Thanks to our unique method, they receive an objective report with points for improvement. Our experts substantiate this report with a qualitative analysis and a score. This is the only way to be 100% sure that, if they ever have to deal with a data breach or data request, they will handle the procedures according to the mandatory standard privacy procedures."
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